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    November 13, 2012
    5:00 - 6:00am EST  

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tom, good morning. visibility not too bad. that's a live view from our hd 4 city camera. we have rain in the metro area. heavier rain off to our west. all of this traveling along a front that came through, shifted our winds to the north and west. gusty winds around 9:00. 35 miles an hour. brought a lot of leaves down. streets, sidewalks covered in leaves, slippery and wet. we have rain advancing north and east, getting pockets of more moderate rain. here's the intensity scale. any time you get it in yellows and oranges, that's moderate. northern shenandoah valley into fauquier and northwestern prince william. it's traveling north and east. going to be moving right through the area. ahead of that, areas in the light blue in the 40s. greens in the 50s. northern part of eastern shore. the chilly area is going to be arriving there over the next few hours. it's cold farther west at or below freezing. much of west virginia and into the ohio valley where temperatures are right around 30 to the 20s in parts of michigan
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and indiana right now. that cold air coming in on a blustery northwest wind will be with us through the day. we're going to stay in the 40s throughout the rest of the daylight hours. and then by this evening plummet all the way down to near 40 by midnight. the rain we have now should be tapering off and ending by about 9:00 and cloudy for your lunch hour at noontime. chilly and breezy through the rest of the afternoon. maybe a little sun breaking out mid to late afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes for a look at storm team 4 radar. first 4 traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. still pretty quiet out. a lot of people about to head out on the roads now. no congestion. no reports of accidents, and that's great because the roads are pretty wet. bw parkway, making your way between the baltimore beltway and the capital beltway, your travel lanes are open. even as you continue on d.c. 395 clear as well. i-95 in maryland as you pass 216, travel lanes are open, and it's a clear commute as you
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connect to the beltway. over to the rails, metro, marc, vre running today. so far with no reported delays. eun, over to you. >> danella, thank you. 5:01. we're following breaking news. the top american commander in afghanistan is implicated in the scandal that brought down now former cia director david petraeus. the pentagon says it is investigating inappropriate communications between general john allen and jill kelley, the woman that petraeus' mistress allegedly sent threatening e-mails to you. the fbi reportedly uncovered 20,000 to 30,000 allegedly inappropriate e-mails between allen and kelley. she's a social liaison at the military base in florida. the general insists he's friends with kelley, but paula broadwell apparently saw her as a romantic rival. the fbi is keeping quiet of a search of broadwell's home. agents searched her home for five hours last night. they left with several boxes. broadwell's relationship with petraeus first came to light
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when the fbi began investigating jill kelley's claims that broadwell had sent her threatening e-mails. and the fbi is putting together a time line of the investigation to explain to members of congress why they were kept out of the loop until recently. they didn't know about the probe until last tuesday even though it had been going on for months. senate intelligence chair dianne feinstein said she learned about it from the media last week. meantime, she says petraeus will still testify before the committee about last month's deadly attack on the embassy in libya. petraeus was supposed to testify about benghazi this week. a deadly night in northeast washington has four people in the hospital. it stems from a triple stabbing and a shooting just three miles apart. the stabbing happened in the 300 block of 51st street just after 1:00 this morning. when police arrived, they found two women and one child with stab wounds. all are expected to be okay. no word on a suspect. then just minutes later, police
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got calls for shots fired in the 2000 block of "c" street. that's where police found a man shot in the chest. he is in critical condition. no word on a motive in that case. today is sentencing day for former d.c. council chair kwame brown. he'll be sentenced in two different courtrooms for two different charges. first brown will learn his fate for a federal bank charge he pled guilty to in june and admitted he lied on applications to obtain bank loans. he faces up to six months in prison. prosecutors are asking the judge to sentence him to just six days in jail because he has been cooperative. brown will also be sentenced in superior court on a misdemeanor campaign violation. he faces up to six months behind bars on that charge as well. four minutes after the hour. today the trial will begin for a bowie state university student charged with murdering her roommate. alexis simpson is accused o stabbing her roommate dominique frazier in september of last year. the two got into an argument over the volume of an ipod.
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simpson's attorney says she was acting in self-defense and shouldn't be charged with murder. in about five hours, we expect d.c. to announce that more than a dozen schools will be closing for good. schools chancellor khai ya henderson will make the announcement at 8:00 this morning. as many as 19 schools could be on that list. they're being targeted because of low enrollment and poor performance. the students who attend those schools will be consolidated into other schools. this is the first major round of school closures since 2008 when then chancellor michelle rhee closed 12 schools. a ribbon cutting ceremony for the long anticipated 495 express lanes. those lanes will help ease congestion for drivers moving between springfield and tyson's corner. the lanes don't officially open until saturday. that multi-billion project allows drivers who are car pooling to avoid paying tolls.
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montgomery county executive isaiah leggett says a rapid bus system is too expensive to build. leggett says the proposed ten-route system couldn't be built in what he called a reasonable time frame. they say the system could be up running in the next 30 years to help ease congestion in heavy traffic areas like rockville pike. it is now 5:06. 46 degrees. a scandal rocking sesame street. the accusations that have one puppeteer off the job.
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a sentence of shame starts today for an ohio woman. sheena hardin was caught driving on a sidewalk to pass a school bus. now she has to stand at a nearby intersection carrying a sign that says only an idiot would
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drive by a school bus on the sidewalk. her license was also suspended for 30 days, and she'll have to pay a $250 fine. >> i can't figure out what the heck she was thinking driving on the sidewalk like that. it's like a child, when the parents make them hold up signs like i did wrong and that sort of thing. >> i'm not on board with that part of the punishment. the fine, i get. the license, i get. the sign -- >> you think too much? >> i just don't know that our legal system should be doling out that sort of punishment. that'sll i'm saying. since you asked. >> 5:10. the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein with not so great weather. you need an umbrella and your winter coat on this tuesday morning. big change from yesterday. cold front came through a couple of hours ago. we have rain southwest to northeast from the carolinas all the way to ontario, and we're right in the middle of it here. we've got moderate showers to our west, leesburg, northern fauquier county, and points north and west. that's going to track just to the west of the metro area.
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elsewhere, we have scattered light rain, but everything is wet, and it is chilly. we're only in the 40s. we'll hold steady in the 40s for the rest of the day today. we'll have this rain ending by 9:00 this morning, and then cloudy through the middle part of the day through the lunch hour. and then during the afternoon, perhaps mid to late afternoon, breaks in the clouds, and then clearing out tonight and getting chilly. down near 40 by midnight tonight and a cold start to the morning. a look at the rest of the week and the weekend in ten minutes. now traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. just into the traffic report, reports of an incident, i-66 eastbound at mile marker 49, possibly blocking the right lane. going to give you an update in about ten minutes as details become more available. let's head over to gw parkway. traveling gw parkway clear in both directions northbound and southbound. no issues toward reston as you make your way out of the beltway in both directions. and we'll check travel as you make your way eastbound from hunter mill road as you get to the beltway.
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breaking news in syria. an air raid carried out by syrian forces killed one person and injured three others. this was near the turkish border. the jet struck the area five times in ten minutes. this is the second time in two days syria bombed the rebel held
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region. turkey says the attacks are endangering its security. the violence in syria has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against syrian president bashar al assad's regime back last year. new this morning, a rocket attack killed at least one person in afghanistan. police say at least four rockets hit the northeast section of ka dull. the attack happened near an intelligence service office building and a private tv station. insurgents occasionally launch rockets into the city, but the weapons are not very accurate. today palestinians began the process of exhuming former president yasser arafat's body. they started removing stones from the tomb, a process that will take two weeks. it's part of the investigation into his death. arafat's wife believes he was poisoned. a swiss institute said they found high levels of a radioactive element on his clothing. the leader died in 2004 after falling seriously ill. police in ohio believe a custody dispute led to a
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murder/suicide involving five people. investigators found a man, his mother, and his three children dead inside a garage yesterday. all five died from carbon monoxide poisoning. police say the three children were living with their grandparents for a while, but their parents were trying to regain custody. the founder of the popular anti-virus software mcafee is the prime suspect of the murder of his neighbor in belize. john mcafee says he's innocent after his neighbor was shot this weekend. a report says mcafee is worried for his safety and fears he will be murdered if he turns himself in. mcafee founded mcafee anti-virus in 1987. the puppeteer that brings elmo to life is on leave of absence after allegations of a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. kevin clash has been the voice of elmo since the 1980s. the 23-year-old first made the charges back in june. in a written statement,
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52-year-old clash said the allegations are falts and defamatory. he writes, "i had a relationship with the accuser. it was between two consenting adults, and i am deeply saddened that he's trying to characterize it as something other than it was." investigators are looking at gas meters and pipe lines, trying to figure out what caused the deadly house explosion in indianapolis. one homeowner says his faulty furnace may be to blame. a couple that lived next door died in that blast. investigators have not ruled out anything here, but they do not believe a meth lab exploded and started that fire. nearly 30 homes in that neighborhood were ge daed. some of the 200 people evacuated have now returned to our homes. lawmakers in new york city will vote today on a $500 million worth of repairs to the city following super storm sandy. the money will go to installing electrical systems. mayor michael bloomberg says the city has already spent more than $130 million worth of storm
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repair and relief. they will keep it in place for now as it helps cut down on massive lines. sandy has cut down on things already. the storm destroyed more than 3,000 trees. the owner has already refunded more than 70% of its orders, costing him around $40,000. parts of italy under water after heavy rain swept through that region. look at this. hundreds of people were forced to leave their homes in tuscany. roads virtually impassable with crews having to save one person by helicopter. same rain put 70% of venice under water on sunday. this morning rescue crews will try again to rescue two snowboarders stranded on mt. rainier. the two men called for help on sunday when they got lost in a storm. yesterday crews spotted them, but it was getting dark, and the weather made the rescue too risky. the men appear to be okay. they have winter gear and have built a snow cave. new developments in the
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nationwide meningitis outbreak. the fda says it's made multiple disturbing findings at the massachusetts plant linked to the outbreak. investigators say they found leaky ceilings, insects, and even a bird inside a room where the drugs are stored. they also said the company did not investigate 53 incidents of outbreak inside the facility. they are responsible for 19 deaths from meningitis in the united states. it may not be necessary for patients to go hungry when getting ready for cholesterol screenings. for years doctors have advised patients to fast leading up to cholesterol checks. now researchers at the university of calgary are rethinking that. they found they little difference in results between those who ate and those who did not. we did screenings here earlier this fall, and i was worried about that because i eat in the morning. >> so do i. >> but they said it's okay.
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they can adjust, and it's not usually that far off. >> turned out fine. you're in good health? >> i'm okay. better health than you'd expect, than i would expect. >> let's check traffic and weather, first with meteorologist tom kierein. tom, good morning. >> good morning. watch your footing. we had gusty winds overnight. when the cold front came through at midnight, 1:00 this morning, we had gusts to around 35 miles an hour. a lot of leaves came tumbling down, and now they are wet and slippery on sidewalks and side streets and many roadways around the region this morning. all this coming from this rain advancing southwest to northeast across virginia, the district, into maryland. much of eastern pennsylvania, new jersey, up into new england all getting wet. in fact, a few places up here in the adirondacks getting some wet snow from that system. it is very cold behind it. we are going to have this rain gradually tapering off and ending by midmorning. it's ending moderately in loudoun county and stretching
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down to just west of chantilly and hay market advancing north and east. and that little band of moderate rain passing into the western suburbs in fairfax and montgomery county over the next half hour or so. mostly light rain across the district, southern montgomery county, all of prince george's and much of southern maryland, including prince george's county and to the western part of the northern neck. this rain is going to be with us for another couple of hours at least. behind that, all these areas in dark blue are below freezing. ohio, much of west virginia, pennsylvania, into the midwest. it's down into the 20s many of those locations. right around the metro area, we're in the 40s. we're going to hold steady in the 40s throughout the day, hour by hour. you'll need an umbrella. through 9:00 a.m., we'll have that rain and dry after that. a chilly afternoon and breezy. by dawn tomorrow, near freezing. starting off tomorrow, much of the area a freeze. we'll have a clear sky, sunny tomorrow with a high near 50. chilly mornings and chilly
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afternoons all the way into the weekend. remaining dry into maybe half of sunday. right now looks like sunday afternoon and evening into monday we could get some rain. first 4 traffic now with danella. >> good morning. i-66 eastbound mile marker 49, an incident blocking the right lane. turns out to be a disabled vehicle. guess what? it's now moved to the shoulder lane, and travel lanes are open on i-66. let's head over to route 50 in maryland. as you make your way past 424 in both directions along 50, you're clear as you connect to the beltway, even inside the beltway and heading on to new york avenue. no issues to report. rails, taking the marc, brunswick east train number 870, looking at a 14-minute delay now. metro and vre aren't running dlads. they're running on or close to schedule. turning clint bowyer into the wall, collecting joey pagano. caution flag is out. >> nascar driver jeff gordon will pay a price for causing
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that crash. it started a huge brawl off the track. nascar fined him $100,000, docked him 25 chase points, and placed him on probation for the rest of the year. gordon intentionally wrecked clint bowyer during sunday's race in phoenix. both racers' crews got into a fight in the pit area after that. this is shaping up to be a big week for the nationals. today we'll find out if davie johnson wins manager of the year. and tomorrow the cy young award will be announced, and pitcher gio gonzalez is considered a contender. the week got off to a great start when bryce harper was named rookie of the year. he narrowly beat diamondback reese miley for the honor. >> just being in the name of jackie robinson and mike piazza and all the guys who won it, it's just an honor. having a great team to play for all year, they really made this year fun, and this is icing on the cake, definitely. >> harper, who turned 20 last
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month is the youngest position player to win the award. pitcher dwight gooden was a month younger when he won in 1984. congrats. hockey may be on a hiatus, but new caps coach adam ost has something to celebrate. he was inducted into the hall of fame last night. the 50-year-old got emotional, thanking all those who helped him in his career. he spent 19 seasons in the nhl as a player. despite not being of the draed, ost became known as one of the best centers in the game and ranked sixth all time. >> great honor for him for sure. looking for the perfect gift for the gift? >> you need look no further than the latest offering from lamborghini. it will set you back just $445,000. >> drop in the bucket for you. >> no biggy. this souped up machine boasts a
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700 horsepower engine and can go 0 to 60 in three seconds. it can top out at speeds of 217 miles per hour. you start saving up now or just drop that cool 450. >> yeah. >> no biggy. >> where are you driving 217 miles per hour? i just want to know that. >> nowhere. not any place around here. >> you need to know that's the possibility you have with this lp 700. >> there's not a hot lane or express lane anywhere in the world that you can do that. it is now 5:26. coming up, we're can ttracking breaking news involving the petraeus scandal.
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looking at the stories making headlines right now at 5:29, the top u.s. commander in afghanistan now finds himself as part of the investigation into the david petraeus scandal. we'll soon now which schools the chancellor wants to shut down as part of cutbacks at d.c. public schools. and a big day for virginia's new 495 express lanes.
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we'll have much more on those stories throughout the morning. first, good morning to you. i'm eun yang. >> and good morning. i'm aaron gilchrist. welcome back to "news 4 today" on this tuesday, november 13th. it is cold, and there is rain coming down. >> storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein here with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. but not cold enough for snow. it is a chilly rain that's falling across virginia. eastern west virginia, the district, and most of maryland advancing off to the north and east. it is snowing up in the adirondacks of new york state. closed now. storm team 4 radar showing an area of moderate rain, these little pockets of yellow and orange. frederick county and washington counties in maryland. and then across the potomac, one pocket of light to moderate rain south and east of blue ridge. and then in western warrenton county. this is advancing north and east and moving into the west and northern suburbs. elsewhere, getting light rain and radar. going to be with us another
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couple of hours or so. should be tapering off and ending by 9:00 this morning. right now a chill in the air. only the low to mid-40s and upper 40s much of the region. we're going to hold steady in the 40s through the rest of the day. your hour by hour forecast. rain ending by about 9:00 and staying in the 40s with a blustery northwesterly wind. ought to get a little sun breaking out by mid to late afternoon. i'm back in ten minutes. another look at storm team 4 radar. first 4 traffic with danella now. >> good morning, tom. heading on to i-270. if you're heading out of frederick, that's where we're starting to slow down. seeing red as you make your way from i-70, heading on south to i-270. just a slow trip. slow past 109 but through germantown as you connect all the way to the beltway, not so bad. picking up many vvolume, though your travel lanes are open. there is a new twist in the scandal that brought down now former cia director david petraeus. the top u.s. commander in afghanistan is now implicated.
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tracie potts is live on capitol hill with details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: we're talking about general john allen who took over for petraeus in afghanistan. he's now wrapped up in this as well. overnight while traveling, the defense secretary leon panetta announced the military is now investigating allen as well, and senior military officials tell us it's because over a two-year period there were thousands, 20,000 to 30,000 pages of e-mails between allen and jill kelley. k keep in mind jill kelley is the woman that touched off the fbi investigation that led to the resignation of petraeus. she's the one that claimed she was getting harassing e-mails, and when the fbi looked into that, they traced those e-mails back to paula broadwell. as they were looking at her e-mails, they realized she was having an affair with general petraeus, and both of them in interviews with the fbi have admitted that. so back to allen. allen now under investigation for the e-mails that the pentagon says are potentially
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inappropriate. he denies any sort of inappropriate contact or e-mailing or relationship with jill kelley, but now his own senate confirmation is on hold. ironically, before all this happened, he was already here in washington for senate confirmation on thursday. he was being moved up to oversee troops in europe. now that's on hold, and the person who was replacing him in afghanistan, that one is now on a fast track although for now secretary panetta says he will remain in his job in charge in afghanistan pending the outcome of this investigation. eun? >> tracie potts live on capitol hill. tracie, thank you. congress is back in session today. lawmakers will begin discussions on a deal to avert a potential economic disaster. they have to reach an agreement by the end of the year to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. billions of dollars in tax hikes and spending cuts would automatically take effect. economists fear that could plunge our economy into a deep
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recession. congressional leaders say they're confident they could get a deal done. firefighters rescue at least one person from a house in washington. it broke out just after midnight on the 1700 block of benning road. firefighters say the small kitchen fire caused heavy smoke. three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. they're expected to be okay. 5:34 right now. two cars hit and killed a 42-year-old woman trying to cross the street in prince george's county. the deadly accident last night in the 3800 block of kenilworth avenue in bladensburg. the victim mary harding was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. no word on whether the drivers will face any charges. a car also hit a woman crossing the street in montgomery county. police say she was walking along georgia avenue north of randolph road in silver spring when the car hit her. investigators believe the woman was not in the crosswalk. the driver did stay on the scene. his 10-year-old son was in the car with him. the woman was taken to the
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hospital in critical condition. a guilty plea is expected today from the east coast rapist. aaron thomas is expected to take responsibility for the 2009 attack on three teenage trick or treaters in prince william county. he's accused of forcing them into the woods and raping two of them on halloween night. thomas is expected to enter a second guilty plea in a different case in loudoun county at the end of the month. both cases carry life sentences. this could be a very long day for kwame brown. the former d.c. council chairman will be sentenced on a federal bank fraud charge. he retired in june from the d.c. city council. brown admitted to lying on applications to get bank loans. he faces up to six months in prison on that charge. but prosecutors are asking the judge to sentence him to just six days behind bars. brown will also be sentenced in d.c. superior court on a misdemeanor campaign violation. he faces up to six months in jail on that charge as well. 5:35 now. 46 degrees. more to the saying you don't
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want to mess with texas. a petition that has some challenging president obama's power. also ahead, what we're learning this morning about plans to close a number of d.c. public schools.
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goose hunting season begins in maryland. it will run four weeks. it does not open until mid-december. the limit for hunting canada geese is two per day during hunting season. including all counties, including carroll, charles, and prince george's county. >> you need to bundle up. >> i think hunters have that down pat. >> i figured. >> it's a process. let's check in with tom, though, to see just how cold it is right now. >> not cold enough for snow, but it is a chilly rain that's falling all throughout our region. it's advancing southwest to northeast. we had a cold front come through about 1:00 this morning. it kicked up the wind about 35 miles an hour. that knocked a lot of the leaves down, and they are down on sidewalks, side streets, and many of the roads. it is slippery. much of the rain is tapering off
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and ending from richmond to charlottesville. last the rain moving through probably about 9:00 this morning. between now and then, wet and chilly. all the areas in the 40s northern virginia and all of maryland. farther to the west, it is cold out in the mountains of the dark blue regions in western and parts of western pennsylvania into ohio and indiana. many locations there in the upper 20s to just around 30 degrees. our winds are going to be coming in in the north and west. hour by hour, throughout the day today, we are going to have temperatures holding steady just in the 40s here for the next several hours. and by later this afternoon, we should get some breaks in the clouds. cloud cover should be breaking up by maybe midafternoon, a little sunshine may be breaking out, and the winds will begin to diminish by late afternoon. i'll be back in ten minutes with another look at storm team 4 radar. now danella. checking on an accident, this is i-95 in virginia
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southbound approaching dumfries road. just blocking the right lane and the ligrit shoulder lane. you're pretty good getting by to stick to the left. let's talk about delays on i-95 northbound out of stafford. you are slow, very slow, as you make your way towards quantico and continuing in the triangle area. going to give you a live look at the occoquan. you can see just sluggish in this area. travel speeds from quantico make your way to the beltway. it will take you about 27 minutes now. i'm back in ten. we're going to talk about the marc train because the brunswick east is experiencing a signal problem, and i'm seeing multiple delays. back in ten. aaron and eun, back to you. not all emergencies are created equal. the proposal that could impact the care you get based on what time you call for help.
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16. the hour. more than a dozen schools on the chopping block. tony tull is live at the headquarters for d.c. public schools northeast with more on this plan. tony? >> reporter: good morning. a source told news 4 yesterday to expect about 19 closures in the d.c. public school system due to low enrollment and underachievement. about 10:00 this morning we expect to hear from chancellor kaya henderson, and she'll tell us what closures to expect. november 15th and 19th are two public hearings for d.c. residents to make their voiced heard about the closures, and by december we expect to hear the finalization of those closures. 10:00 a.m. this morning, we expect to hear from chancellor kaya henderson on the latest closures. that is the latest from
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northeast. aaron and eun, back to you guys. >> thank you, tony. 5:45. a new proposal could soon mean emergency care is determined not by your injury but by the time on the clock. d.c. fire chief kenneth ellerbe says 1,000 new people move into the district each month. the district simply does not have enough resources to adequately take care of everyone. so he's calling for a change that would shift paramedics and ambulances depending on whether it is peak or off-peak time. >> we know that we don't have the capacity to meet the service demand as it's increasing. our population is increasing. our folks are living longer. we want to make sure we have the capacity to meet the service demands. we're looking at this model. >> news 4 spoke to ed smith, the president of the d.c. firefighters association about the proposed changes. he says this plan will not work because people cannot plan on emergencies. today the trial begins for a bowie state university student accused of murdering her roommate. alexis simpson is charged with
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first degree murder. police say she stabbed her roommate dominique frazier in the neck in september of 2011. the two got into an argument over the volume of an ipod. simpson's attorney say she was acting in self-defense and should not be charged with murder. two teens accused of murdering a cab driver were looking for money to pay for a motel room. investigators say 17-year-old linda bury and joshua mebain were staying in a hotel and decided to rob someone to pay for the room. they ended up hailing a cab and murdering the driver. police heard the whole story from bury. take a look at this exclusive video from news 4. it shows police taking a 19-year-old into custody after he was accused of making threats at montgomery college. the man told friends he wanted to shoot people just for fun following a failed relationship. the friends alerted campus security, who then called police. new overnight, we've learned police arrested a 34-year-old florida man in connection with the crash that killed two people
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and injured three others in frederick county, maryland. the crash happened yesterday afternoon near route 75 and ed mcclain road in the monrovia area. from chopper 4, you can see the tractor-trailer loaded with oranges that overturned on a pickup truck. two people inside that truck died on the scene. passengers in the truck and tractor-trailer were taken to the hospital. no word on their conditions. police arrested watson pierre after he was released from the hospital last night. he was behind the wheel of the tractor-trailer. pierre faces several charges, including criminally negligent homicide. an online petition requesting texas to withdraw from the united states received enough signatures for the white house to respond. it asks president obama to grant the secession. it has received more than 34,000 signatures, and any petition filed with whitehouse.gov that gets more than 25,000 signatures
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gets an official response. george allen dupt know what's next for him, but one thing he has decided is he will not run for political office then. the former governor and senator lost the senate race to tim kaine last week by more than 200,000 votes. he told the richmond dispatch and he and his wife poured their hearts into this campaign, and they're trying to figure out the next step. a proposed rapid bus system in montgomery county is too expensive and will take too long to build. that's according to county executive isaiah leggett. he says that ten-route system couldn't be built in what he calls a reasonable time frame. county planners say the system could be up in the next 30 years. that will help ease congestion through heavily traveled areas like rockville pike. virginia state police slowing down one program to bust speeders. they're skimming back on their aerial traffic enforcement because it's too expensive. the missions involve small
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planes and cost $150 an hour for fuel and maintenance, and they also require a specially trained trooper pilot as well as a trooper on the ground. the program netted more than 5,000 tickets between 2000 and 2008. it only yield the 87 tickets since then. just approaching 5:51. time to check weather and traffic on the ones. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. tell us about rain and cool weather. we had rain arrive and gusty winds roaring through the trees at 1:00, 2:00 this morning. it has settled down. reagan national at 47. winds around 10 to 15 miles an hour, but it's raining and chilly all throughout the region. rain advancing southwest to northeast. all the way up through new england. we're right in the middle of it. storm team 4 radar up close showing moderate rain from southeastern frederick county into northern montgomery county passing just north of the beltway in montgomery county.
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farther west, a band of more moderate showers not quite as heavy, just west of leesburg, loudoun county. and one little pocket of modern rain just northeast of warrenton. that's going to be passing right near hay market over the past half hour or so. these are moving north and east. it has tapered off and ended. much of western maryland and west virginia drying out. farther south, northern neck, lower part of the eastern shore and that area just getting a few sprinkles right now. more moderate rain heading your way too in the next few hours. it is chilly. low and mid-40s all around the area. that includes suburbs of prince george's, fairfax, prince william counties. have an umbrella handy. you're going to need your winter coat. by 7:00 a.m., still rainy, chilly, and the winds gusting 15, 20 miles an hour. we'll still be in the low to mid-40s for the next few hours. and the rest of the day, it is going to be chilly. in fact, about 25 degrees colder than it was yesterday. for the lunch hour, drying out, this rain should be ending by 9:00 this morning.
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cloudy, chilly, by the noon hour. northwest wind around 20 miles an hour. we'll still be in the 40s, and we'll stay in the 40s for the rest of the afternoon. here's the storm team 4 four-day forecast. by midnight tonight, it's going to drop down to 40 degrees. under a clear sky all the way down to near 30 by dawn tomorrow. so what a dramatic change. during the afternoon, mostly in the 40s. 50 by thursday afternoon. bright sunshine, and the winds will be nicdiminished tomorrow. low to mid-30s. a few clouds in and out. and then on friday, sunny again. not quite as cold, but still 30s in the morning. generally above freezing. afternoon highs into the low and mid-50s friday. now here is your storm team 4 seven-day outlook into the weekend. saturday looking partly cloudy. morning lows 30s. afternoon highs, low 50s. we may have a coastal storm, not as strong as the one last week. that may bring us rain possibly
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late on sunday, perhaps monday on the track of the storm. we'll keep you posted. not cold enough for any snow. chilly all the way through the rest of the week into the weekend. i'll be back in ten minutes. another look at storm team 4 radar. your first 4 traffic with danella. good morning. >> good morning. thanks, tom. if you're planning on taking the marc train, brunswick east team experiencing a signal problem slowing down several trains. let's start with train number 870. you're looking at a 25-minute delay. over to train 874, you're looking the aa 13 i-minute dela. and train 890, a 10-minute delay. let's head over to i-95 in virginia southbound. as you make your way past prince william parkway, a disabled vehicle in the right shoulder lane. actually, that just cleared. that's good news. continuing southbound, as you make your way towards dumfries road, still dealing with that accident just in the right shoulder lane as well. and i-95 northbound, just delays, sluggish as you make
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your way from stafford as you head to the beltway, it is stop and go. aaron and eun, back over to you. >> thanks, danella. today we'll get a sense of how bad traffic is going to be next week during the thanksgiving travel rush. in a few hours aaa will release its thanksgiving travel forecast. more than 50 million americans traveled more than 50 miles from home last weekend. it's historically the busiest travel weekend of the year. a new study shows homeowners are doing a better job of paying their mortgages. the credit agency transunion says the percentage of mortgage holder at least two months behind on their payment fell from 5.9% to 5.4%. that's the lowest point since early 2009. analysts say the good news is because interest rates are still extremely low. it's easier for people to refinance and lower their payment. the impact of hurricane sandy could prove costly for you if you're looking to buy a car. cnbc's shartia brantley with
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more. >> good morning, eun. car prices are more expensive thanks to hurricane sandy. up to 250,000 vehicles were lost in the new york area because of the storm. dealers say they saw a spike in business last weekend as consumers look to replace their damaged car or truck. edmunds.com says that increase in demand could lead to used car prices rising by as much as $1,000 nationwide, but that increase will likely be temporary. used car prices were already trending lower before the storm, as they typically do during the fall. and does anyone care about turkey day anymore? because thanksgiving is becoming the new black friday. toys 'r us is the latest retailer to announce it will open its doors on turkey day at 8:00 manyp.m., an hour earlier last year. target will turn the lights on at 9:00 p.m. last week walmart said it will open at 8:00 p.m., two hours
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earlier than last year. kmart is getting the earliest jump on the holidays, opening from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on thanksgiving. taking a dinner break and then reopening at 8:00 p.m. >> i still care about turkey day, shartia. >> me too. >> you miss your family dinner in order to go'shoi shopping. >> i know. >> that's what black friday is for. shartia brantley, thank you. >> you know how i like to eat, aaron. d.c.'s war memorial has not been turned into a national memorial. the federal government spent the last year trying to nationalize that memorial. d.c. delegate eleanor holmes norton fought that effort and said it's a victory for the district. >> the d.c. war memorial paid for with the blood and treasure
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of d.c. residents will remain exclusively dedicated to the district world war i veterans. >> norton also pushed for more respect for the d.c. flag. a d.c. naval graduate noticed the flag was not flown during his graduation from great lakes boot camp in illinois last fall. they urged congress to include the d.c. flag during all military ceremonies. it is not too late to book a hotel room for president obama's inauguration. d.c.'s chief visiting officer said they have hotel rooms available, but they're requiring people to break a three or four-night stay. a record setting 3.1 million people attended the president's first inauguration in 2009. organizers are not expecting that many people this time around. it's set for monday, january 21st, on martin luther king day. you've got to book now. i bet they're going to fill up soon. >> we booked really late and
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ended up with guys sitting on the floor. why one college professor says facebook is making us fat and broke.
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